The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born
Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.
Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love.
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve: My dear, we live in an age of transition.
Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove.
Love remembered and consecrated by grief belongs, more clearly than the happy intercourse of friends, to the eternal world; it has proved itself stronger than death.
There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggle. You forget, said the Devil, with a chuckle, that I have been evolving too.
God does not always punish a nation by sending it adversity. More often He gives the oppressors their hearts' desire, and sends leanness withal into their soul.
It was said that Mr. Gladstone could persuade most people of most things, and himself of anything.
The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's.
Don't get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.
To marry is to get a binocular view of life.
A good government remains the greatest of human blessings and no nation has ever enjoyed it.
Democracy is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.